ARZU OZKAL is a Turkish born, San Diego, CA based artist, designer, and researcher whose work focus on design’s role in looking for forms of creative and critical outcomes through participation and collaboration.
Ozkal was born in Ankara, Turkey. She received her MFA from the Department of Visual Studies at University at Buffalo (SUNY) and BFA in Graphic Design from Bilkent University. She is currently Associate Professor of Graphic Design at San Diego State University School of Art and Design. She is on the board of ARTS, a National City-based organization dedicated to providing high-quality arts programming to South Bay youth.
Ozkal is a founding member of Home Affairs, an interdisciplinary art collective focusing on creative projects about a range of issues impacting women's lives. Since 2011, they have been working together with women from Turkey, Europe, and USA to design platforms of social exchange. Collective received their first designpatent for their wheeled museum chair for children.
Ozkal co-edited with Dr. Claudia Pederson, Gün: Women's Networks a DIY book project investigating informal networks and their extension into digital media with the aim of gaining understanding of the sociocultural conditions impacting women's participation in contemporary culture (2013).
Ozkal's latest limited edition publication series with Tricia Treacy, Situated Between (2017-2019) can be purchased online or at Printed Matter in NYC.
Ozkal's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in Athens, Istanbul, Barcelona, Ghent, Amsterdam, Berlin, Los Angeles, New York, and beyond. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Photoworks Magazine UK, Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, and Collaboration in Design Education by Bloomsbury Academic.